Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Suicide is a health issue that we can all help prevent by de-stigmatizing and talking about it and mental illness. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention notes there is no one single cause for suicide, but it most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities, typically for someone suffering from untreated depression. While not every suicide can be stopped, we can become more comfortable intervening with someone we think may be suicidal and potentially save a life by building awareness of risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms; learning how to approach folks of concern; and having a list of helpful resources and hotlines, textlines, and online chatlines.
- An average of 120 people die by suicide daily in the United States
- Within a year, nearly 1,000,000 people attempt suicide
- For every one death by suicide, 25 people make attempts
The CDC states suicide is the 10th leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, ranking second among 25 to 34 year olds and third for ages 15 to 24. In 2015, House Bill 28 (Anielski, R-Walton Hills) was signed into law, requiring public higher education institutions to develop and implement a policy to advise students and staff on suicide prevention programs.
Our Counseling & Psychological Services Centers provide short-term personal counseling services for currently enrolled students and assist with outside referrals as needed.